Born in Liverpool, England, and now a U.S. citizen, Father Small entered the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate in Dublin in 1989. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and then at Milltown Institute in Dublin before his ordination in Liverpool in 1999. Father Small joined the USCCB in 2004 as a policy adviser on international economic development. Before that he worked in pastoral ministry in Houston and in Rio de Janeiro. He was named new national director of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States in April of 2011.
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